iPhone Life magazine

Joel Heffner is a writer and speaker. He has been writing about photography for about thirty years, ever since his book Amphoto Guide to Wedding Photography was published. Today, he mainly uses two types of cameras, pinhole cameras and an iPhone, a photographic odd couple of sorts.

Tiles can be fun...


Tile-R is a simple, but very interesting iPhone App. It uses your picture to make a set of tiles. You can adjust it to make as many tiles out of your picture as you want. While experimenting with it, I came across one tile of a picture of me that struck me. I know that you can crop the same thing. I think what I like about it is that I wouldn't have normally sliced the pictures the way Tile-R did it. I think it's cool. How about you? Incidentally, it's free.

Maybe I was wrong?

There are about a zillion photo apps for the iPhone, or at least it seems that way. When it first came out, I looked at Instagram and thought it was nice, but it didn't really interest me. Since then I've seen many folks use it, including Jack Dorsey. Yesterday, I saw it mentioned as the App of the Year in iTunes. Today, I saw an article about in Wired Magazine (Jan. 2012 Issue). Maybe I was wrong and it's worth another look? In the next few days, I'm going to use it...a lot. I'll get back to you with what I find. How about you? Where do you stand on Instagram? I'm interested to know.

Let your iPhone help your pinhole camera...


One of the problems pinhole photographers (like me) have is getting exposures. When you use a camera that has f/108 as its fixed setting, it gets a bit difficult when you have to calculate exposures. Using your iPhone, with ExifWizard, you can now check out exposures quickly. Take a picture with your iPhone, open up ExifWizard and you'll see the exposure. Once you have the exposure, you can calibrate the exposure for your pinhole camera. It takes some math, but the iPhone makes it much easier.

The old days are back...sort of!


Many years ago, when I was a wedding photographer, I used a Hasselblad. I loved the 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 square format. Although many iPhone apps allow you to create a square image, I finally found one that does exactly what I want it to do. As the developer puts it, "If you find other camera apps over-fussy (and their photographs annoyingly oblong) then 6x6 is the app for you." It allows you to create color or black & white pictures. You shoot like you were using the old Hasselblads. It's like going home again. Gotta go...I'm taking pictures with the 6x6 app.

iPhone Photography for Teachers

Although there seem to be a zillion iPhone photography Apps (with the number growing everyday) there's still one App that I think teachers can use on a daily basis...the Camera. As one who spent 28 years as a classroom teacher and an additional 6 as a teacher trainer, I know how handy a camera can be. Since the iPhone is with you all the time, it becomes even more important as a camera. Here are a four things I'd do if I were still in the classroom...with my iPhone and Camera.

It's all in the dots...


When you combine simple with black and white you get a bunch of dots. When the dots are put together, you've got an interesting image using Dot Sketch. As soon as I saw the description of the app I thought of the sunflower. I hoped that it would capture the sunflower's elegant simplicity. I think it worked. How about you?

What can you get from a Paper Camera?


My taste doesn't usually change. In photography, I usually like straight images. As I look at more and more iPhone Apps, my taste may be changing, just a little. More Apps are popping up that appeal to me. Paper Camera is one of them. To test it out, I figured that a very 'plain' image would be best. I went out into the yard and took a picture of a single sunflower. Nothing great to look at...but nice. After a few seconds with Paper Camera this is what I got. Far better than the original with some character. The flower also pops out much more than in the original.

iPhone Obsessed is here!


Several weeks ago I heard about a book that was coming out about photo editing techniques with an iPhone. It arrived! iPhone Obsessed by Dan Marcolina literally arrived a few minutes ago. I've only had a chance to glance through it. It gives you step-by-step directions on how to use many iPhone photo apps for very interesting results. Incidentally, the very interesting is an understatement. They are great! I'm looking forward to going through the book in detail and reporting on some of the techniques. It's definitely worth getting!

To be or not to be...Grunged


I usually like straight unaltered pictures. And then came Grungetastic for the iPhone. With Grungetastic you can make some really grungey effects. The effects go so far that I actually am enjoying experimenting with it. If you want to write a thriller, it seems like a grunged picture would go well. It may not be for everyone, but it might be for you. For a buck, it's worth the risk.

iPhoneography: How does your iPhone greet you?


iPhones greet us every time we turn them on. Your greeting is the wallpaper that you select to see. You can look for interesting photos online and add it to your iPhone or you can use one of your own photos. I prefer to use one of my own because it always makes me smile. Here's how my iPhone greets me.

How does your iPhone greet you?

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